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2020

April 6. 2020
Dr. Lanzaro has posted a blog post for Hanno’s Nature Communications paper here https://go.nature.com/3dZOoIB

March 18. 2020
Hanno’s paper Abundance of conserved CRISPR-Cas9 target sites within the highly polymorphic genomes of Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoeshas been published in Nature Communications. Congrats Hanno!

March 17. 2020
The city of Davis has issued a shelter in place request due to the COVID-19 virus. Up to date information can be found on  the UC Davis coronavirus information page and the VetMed Coronavirus Resources page

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the resulting travel restrictions, the Vector Genetics lab has canceled the planned travel to São Tomé and Príncipe and greatly curtailed work in the Comoros. Planning these trips takes a large amount of effort from most of our team and, while we are disappointed by the delay, we are hopeful that all our teams and partners both in the US and abroad remain healthy and that we will be able to re-schedule all travel soon.

March 4. Greg is a confirmed speaker at the upcoming World Malaria Day Symposium on Malaria Vector Biology and Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, 24 April 2020. Registration for this event is free.

Feb 27. A few members of the VGL team are traveling to the Comoros islands for a month to collect mosquitoes for the UCIMI project.

Feb 19. Dr. Yoosook Lee is representing the VGL at the PacVec annual meeting hosted by UC Riverside

Jan 29. Several VGL team members are attending the UCIMI annual meeting in Irvine, CA. Greg Lanzaro will present about our team’s work over the past year.

2019

The VGL team traveled to São Tomé and Príncipe in December. While there we signed a partnership agreement with the local government and started collecting mosquitoes for the UCIMI project. We are very excited to continue our work there in 2020!

We are sad to say goodbye to insectary manager Kendra Person, postdoc Hanno Schmidt, and lab manager Allison Weakley. We wish them the best of luck for their futures!

Welcome aboard to our new hires! Postdocs: Melina Campos and Shaghayegh Soudi and community engagement staff: Ana Kormos and Joyce Imafidon.

Good luck to all our departing undergraduates, Parker Houston, Seerat Randhawa, and Mirsha Torres! We wish you the best of luck in your careers and education.

We are sad to say goodbye to postdoc Oscar Kirstein. We wish him the best of luck at his new position at Emory University!

Anopheles introgression in Burkina Faso paper published online. Congrats to all VGL members and alumni involved.

We are happy to welcome Travis Collier and Marc Crepeau to the VGL team!

2018

Parker Houston has been awarded an Undergraduate Travel Award for his travel to the ABRCMS Conference in November where he presented his poster “Design of a Multiplex SNP Assay for the Detection of Four Different Arboviruses Transmitted by Aedes Mosquitoes”

JOB OPENING

–FILLED–

Bioinformatics Programmer at the University of California, Davis

Job Summary:

Under general direction of the PI, responsible for program installation, writing data conversion scripts and pipelines for processing genome sequence data. Oversee large scale analysis of high throughput sequencing data. Maintain managed sites and data backup servers. Responsible for customization of existing tools for population genomics data analysis. Resolve web production issues and implement web architecture updates. Responsible for website management and support. 

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work on whole-genome sequencing data sets to decipher recent population history and evolution in mosquitoes that are vectors of human diseases. Further major responsibilities include extending and customizing state of the art methodologies in this field to implement bioinformatical pipelines tailored towards the specific needs of the various projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

– Graduate degree in biological science, bioinformatics, molecular sciences, or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
– Experience with database administration on linux server, My SQL database, and/or web hosting.
– Familiarity with mosquito biology and molecular genetics.
– Experience in web-database interface such as python CGI, PHP, and Java
– Experience in data backup solutions and skill to maintain network attached storage device.
– Experience in any population genomic database and/or genome sequencing data analysis.
– Understanding of molecular genetics and laboratory procedures applicable to DNA sequencing analysis.
– Experience in technical writing of research publications.
– Interpersonal and oral communication skills to interact convey technical issues/solutions and to work with biologists and geography experts. 

Preferred Qualifications:

– Ph.D. degree in biological science, bioinformatics, molecular sciences, or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
– Demonstrated knowledge of the biology and genomics of the mosquito vector, Anopheles gambiae.
– Skills on googlemap API and basic GIS.
– Project management skills to establish and carry out priorities and adapt to fluctuating workload.
– Experience in population genomics or population genetics data analysis.

Appointment Description:

100% Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, Contract dates 2/01/2019 – 2/01/2021

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

The VGL has received permission from the government in São Tomé and Príncipe to begin initial mosquito collections for the UCIMI project. Greg and several other team members will be making multiple trips to São Tomé and Príncipe in 2019. Photos to come!

JOB OPENING

–FILLED–

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Population Genomics at the University of California, Davis

Description:

The Vector Genetics Lab (VGL) at the University of California, Davis has a post-doctoral position available for a highly motivated candidate with a background in population genomics. The VGL is dedicated to research and training in the areas of population & molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics of insect vectors of human and animal disease. We have developed a program aimed at expanding knowledge that may be applied to improving control of disease vectors and that also addresses problems of interest in the field of evolutionary genetics. See details at: https://vectorgeneticslab.ucdavis.edu/

Ongoing projects include work on the following systems:

  • Invasive Aedes aegypti populations in California
  • Island populations of Anopheles mosquitoes in islands off the coast of Africa.
  • Urban and island populations of Anopheles mosquitoes in India

Ongoing research topics include:

  • Interspecific hybridization and introgression as a mechanism for adaptation
  • The evolution of populations on isolated islands
  • Defining populations in urban centers as ecological islands
  • Development of new wgs-based methods to estimate population size and dispersal
  • Evaluating the behavior of gene drive systems via field trials

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work on whole-genome sequencing data sets to decipher recent population history and evolution in mosquitoes that are vectors of human diseases. Further major responsibilities include extending and customizing state of the art methodologies in this field to implement bioinformatical pipelines tailored towards the specific needs of the various projects.

Required Qualifications:

– PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Population Genomics or related discipline (theoretical and/or applied)

– Strong background in statistics

– In-depth knowledge of population genetics theory

– Experience working in Linux environment

– Demonstrated record of research productivity and publications

Preferred Qualifications:

– Experience with coalescence/IBD methods

– Programming experience (e.g. C/C++, Python/Perl, R)

– Strong mathematical skills

– Experience with genomic data analysis

Salary:

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement of research interests and future goals
  • List of relevant publications
  • Contact information for 3 referees

Send the above combined into a single PDF to Gregory Lanzaro (gclanzaro@ucdavis.edu).

Review of applications will start immediately. This position will be open until filled. The anticipated start date for this position is late 2018 or early 2019. The appointment is for a duration of two years.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Mark Hanemaaijer has left the VGL to move back to the Netherlands with his fiancé. Congratulations Mark and we wish you all the best on your new adventures!

Parker Houston has been awarded a Provost Undergraduate Fellowship. Congrats Parker!

Greg’s talk on Ecological considerations for gene drive systems is published online from HSTalks. The link is available from the Reports & Press tab of the Publications page. Other talks within the series are presented by some of our collaborators.

Mark Hanemaaijer won second place for best talk at the UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Congratulations Mark!

Parker Houston was selected to give an oral presentation at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference. Attendance is free and open to the public. Parker will be speaking on Saturday, April 28th.

Anopheles coluzzii paper published in Parasites & Vectors.

Mark Hanemaaijer and Parker Houston’s paper was published in F1000 Research. Congrats Mark and Parker!

2017

DARPA Safe Genes project begins: The Vector Genetics Lab is part of a large collaboration with several other UC teams on a project to study gene drive in local mosquito populations.

UCIMI project is established: The Vector Genetics Lab will be a part of a project aimed at testing genetically modified mosquitoes in field sites around Africa.

2016

Brad’s paper on An. arabiensis host preference is featured on the PLoS Genetics First page on the week of Sep 15, 2016.

2015

The Verge covers Norris et al. 2015 PNAS paper.

Smithsonian.com Smart News covers Norris et al. 2015 PNAS paper.

Science 2.0 covers Norris et al. 2015 PNAS paper.

The Davis Enterprise covers Norris et al. 2015 PNAS paper.

2014

F1000Research lists Sanford et al. 2014 as Featured Article on the week of Oct. 31. 2014. 

Entomology & Nematology News covers UC Davis Researchers participating in 2014 Bay Area World Malaria Day Symposium.

UC Davis CAES NewsBeat covers our PNAS paper (Lee et al. 2013).

2013

F1000 Prime Article Recommendation recommends our PNAS paper (Lee et al. 2013). [PDF copy]

HEALTHCANAL covers our finding reported on PNAS (Lee et al. 2013). [PDF copy]

BRIC recommends our PNAS paper (Lee et al. 2013) for recognition of outstanding research by a Korean scientist

2011

Wingbeats 2011 summer edition introduces Vector Genetics Laboratory

2010

BioMed Central Open Data Award: Yoosook Lee wins the first Open Data Award with her publication at the Malaria Journal published in 2009 at the BioMed Central’s 4th Annual Research Awards.

2010 Entomological Society of America Professional Awards: Yoosook Lee wins the Journal of Medical Entomology Editor’s Choice Award at the 58th Annual ESA Meeting (Lee et al. 2009. JME).

BioMed Central Press Release: BioMed Central celebrates excellence in open access publishing.

Microsoft Research Connections Blog: Post about the First Open Data Award sponsored by Microsoft.

Science in the Open (Cameron Neylon Blog): The BMC 10th Anniversary Celebrations and Open Data Prize.

EurekAlert Coverage of the 4th BioMed Central Annual Research Awards : BioMed Central celebrates excellence in open-access publishing.

2007

2007 Award for Excellence in Research : Gregory Lanzaro receives Award for Excellence in Research. See the photos of this event here.